THERE had not been enough evidence
to prosecute Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton for indecency before
the massacre, the Government declared last night. LINK
Hamilton killed 16 primary school children and their
teacher at the school gym in Dunblane on 13 March this year.
The Government also stated last night that it would
not be investigating the actions of the police or the Procurator Fiscal
over the possible prosecutions of Hamilton before the killings.
The inquiry into the tragedy, led by Lord Cullen,
heard concerns about Hamilton's activities when he was running boys'
clubs in the town. LINK
The Scottish Office minister,
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton said in a written Commons reply that there
had not been enough evidence to prosecute Hamilton for acts of indecency
from his time as a boys' club leader. LINK
He said there had been no evidence under the so-called
Moorov Doctrine in Scottlish law LINK,
which allows the reports from several witnesses to be used as corroborating
evidence of each other. LINK
[Ed ~ Contemptible liar!
There were numerous reports and complaints about Hamilton that were
Lord James said: "There was in fact very little
evidence of any acts of indecency on the part of Thomas Hamilton.
So far as can be established no incident amounting to sexual interference
with male children was reported to the police while Hamilton was alive.
In answer to another question, Lord James said that
the actions of the police in reporting cases to the Procurator Fiscal
were examined by Lord Cullen, who concluded that there was no evidence
of any criminal act on Hamilton's part before the tragedy.
Lord James said: "In the light of Lord Cullen's
findings, the Secretary of State sees no need for further investigation
into the actions of the police in making reports to [the] Procurator
Fiscal, and the Lord Advocate considers that further investigation
of the actions of the Procurators Fiscal is unnecessary.
[Ed ~ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
is a member of the same secretive and highly suspect, Masonic Speculative
Society of Edinburgh as Lord Cullen, numbered at 1772 LINK
and 1702 LINK
respectively. They are therefore "brothers" of Thomas Hamilton
with an oath to "defend a brother's character in his absence
as in his presence", the fifth of the Five Points of Fellowship
- the strongest oath of brotherhood. LINK]
Angiolini Solicitor General for Scotland
(who became Lord Advocate on 05.10.06)